Fighting for free transport for children with SEN
Local authorities have a legal responsibility to provide free transport to children with SEN, so why do so many refuse to do so? Jane McConnell from the special needs charity IPSEA outlines where local authorities have got it seriously wrong and shows how to tackle councils.
Leading the way
Can mentoring by young people play a role in transforming the outcomes and aspirations of deprived children in school? Sophie Livingstone reports on a scheme imported from the US that suggests it can.
Social capital and children in care
We have known for a long time that children in care under-perform in schools. But perhaps focusing on outcomes is part of the problem. Michele McClung and Vernon Gayle report on research investigating the impact of social capital on children’s attainment in schools and make some surprising discoveries.
Building a better internet for schools
e-policies in schools usually focus on safety. But, in the month of Safer Internet Day, is it time to focus on the opportunities the internet offers? Ken Corish says it’s time to celebrate Better Internet Day.
Reflections on a year of change for the early years sector
Eighteen months ago, a new inspection regime was implemented with the result that many early years settings have been downgraded. Have standards slipped? Michael Freeston says the facts behind the figures tell a different story.
Top of the class
What impact does class ranking have on children’s confidence and later exam success? Richard Murphy and Felix Weinhardt uncover findings which could have a major impact on education settings in the UK.
Looking for trouble
Conflict between children is usually seen as something that needs to be avoided or resolved. But, argues Nicola Watson, if we see it as an opportunity to develop emotional and social learning, the benefits to children can be transformative.
Have early years services grown up?
Two of the country’s leading lights in early years policy reflect on the history and the future of the services. Naomi Eisenstadt looks at the original purpose of children’s centres, and considers whether this needs to be reframed, while Lisa Harker calls for children’s centres to refocus on children under the age of two.
How do local authorities support families as soon as problems emerge? Claire Easton reports on the latest round in the LARC series of research, which explores how universal and early intervention services help families where children are experiencing ‘low- level’ neglect.
Improving sex and relationships education in primary schools
The battle for SRE in education has long been won, but questions remain about the quality of lessons. Lucy Emmerson reports on an initiative by the Sex Education Forum to improve quality by involving children. Later, Tim Linehan looks at the SEF’s toolkit for creating school-wide practice and policies on SRE.